(Washington, D.C.) — In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling today in June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, Dr. Jamila K. Taylor, director of health care reform and senior fellow at The Century Foundation and one of the nation’s leading experts on reproductive health and justice, released the following statement:
“The Supreme Court’s decision today to strike down Louisiana’s admitting privileges law, which would have made it virtually impossible for women to access abortion, is an enormous victory for women, for reproductive justice, and for health equity. As Justice Breyer wrote in his opinion, the restrictions would have placed ‘a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking abortion,’ something that is not only unconsionable morally, but that violates the law. It is notable that Chief Justice Roberts joins in the opinion and makes it clear that this issue—the question of admitting privileges—has been decided once and for all, on precedent: any future law like the one in Louisiana, or Texas four years earlier, is dead in the water.
“Today’s victory demonstrates the power of the women’s movement and the leadership of reproductive rights and justice advocates, many of them Black and Latinx women, who have convincingly and steadfastly made the case for decades that abortion rights are human rights. We continue to win the battle in the court of public opinion and, today, in the nation’s highest court. People of all backgrounds and political persuasions support a women’s right to choose as a bedrock American principal.
“But make no mistake: the conservative attacks on women’s health, led by the Trump administration, will stop at nothing in their quest to chip away at reproductive rights piece by piece. Indeed, some two dozen states already have draconian stipulations placed on certain abortion providers, or TRAP laws, which effectively undermine the ability of women, and especially low-income women and women of color, to access reproductive health care. We must remain hyper-vigilant in fighting back against anti-abortion laws, policies, and politicians, in both statehouses and Congress as well as the courts. Today is a day to celebrate, but tomorrow we get back to work.”
Dr. Taylor is one of the nation’s leading experts on issues related to reproductive rights and justice, access to abortion, and health equity. She earlier wrote about the implications of the decision in June Medical Services here: “Six Things To Know about the Next Supreme Court Abortion Case.”
To speak with Dr. Taylor about the significance of today’s ruling, contact: [email protected].